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Fussy business

Sorting seeds

The rhythms of nature time the sprouting of seeds with a litany of cues — physical and chemical changes brought on by fire and frost and even the teeth and acid of a browsing animal’s digestion. Add to that a winter ritual at the UW Arboretum, where volunteers huddle indoors with tweezers and sieves to clean bug parts, stems and other chaff from the next generation of native plants.  

Top Stories

Research reorganization discussion to continue into May

Campus conversations around a revised leadership structure for the university’s research enterprise will continue over the next month, University Committee member Jo Ellen Fair told the Faculty Senate Monday. At issue is a proposal to establish the position of vice chancellor for research and graduate studies.

Even with loss, Final Four appearance a winner for UW

Bucky Badger

The Badgers may have lost in their Final Four contest to Kentucky over the weekend, but Chancellor Rebecca Blank points out all of the benefits that the university accrued during Wisconsin's successful season. Related: See images from the festivities in Dallas.  

Faculty & Staff Apple Appreciation Event

Treat yourself! Buy select Mac & iPad models, get a DoIT Tech Store gift card (up to $140 value). Quantities are limited. Pre-order by 4/27.

Around Campus

‘Your Inner Fish’ on PBS has strong UW ties

Sean Carroll

Sean B. Carroll, a UW-Madison professor of molecular biology, genetics and molecular genetics, is executive in charge of a new series on PBS – "Your Inner Fish" – exploring the early creatures from which humans evolved. The three-part series begins airing Wednesday.    

Nancy Mathews chosen for Vermont deanship

Nancy Mathews

Nancy Mathews, who has served as director of UW-Madison’s Morgridge Center for Public Service since June 2010, on Monday was named dean of the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. She will start her new post July 1.

Reminder: Administrative improvement awards

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Nominees are being sought for a campus award that recognizes exceptional performance in administrative roles supporting academics, research, student services, outreach or administration. Nominations are due by Friday, April 18.  

Campus Initiatives

Feedback requested on draft of diversity framework

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UW-Madison’s Ad Hoc Diversity Planning Committee is seeking reaction to an initial draft of a new diversity framework. The next sessions are today from 4-6 p.m. in the Concerto Room, Gordon Commons, and from 11 p.m.-12:30 a.m. in rooms 1220-1222, Health Sciences Learning Center.

Have high blood pressure and trouble controlling it?

UW Health combines the resources of multiple specialties to get your hypertension in check. Learn more.


5 ways to get less spam in WiscMail

Photo illustration: Spam inbox

DoIT recently heard from a follower on Twitter that she was getting "an unreal amount of spam" in WiscMail. To help her and other users, we present five things you can do to get less spam. Top tips include setting up filters and creating accept/block lists.


Montgomery named L&S associate dean

James Montgomery

Sociology Professor James Montgomery has been named associate dean for fiscal initiatives in the College of Letters & Science. Montgomery joined the UW-Madison faculty in 2000 and served as department chair between 2010-13. He begins his new role May 26.  

Treves’ Fulbright aids study of predator conservation

Adrian Treves

Adrian Treves, an associate professor in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant for research at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences during the 2014-15 academic year.


National Robotics Week open house set April 11


The Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory at the UW-Madison Department of Computer Sciences will show off its humanoid robot Nao, its Quadcopter and its telepresence robotics during an open house from 1-4 p.m. on Friday, April 11 at the Computer Sciences and Statistics Building.

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